Indie music’s favorite sad girl Mitski wants you to know she's not trying to be anyone's "best girl."
The Brooklyn-based artist just released a new video for “Your Best American Girl,” the first single off her upcoming album “Puberty 2,” and it’s entirely wondrous.
Although the song, which she described to NPR as “quite autobiographical,” deals with the half-Japanese artist’s inability to fit the standards of an “all-American boy,” the video distinctly feels targeted at a wider demographic. Namely, homogeneous indie hipster culture, personified by a couple who look like they just ransacked Urban Outfitters on their way to Coachella.
Flower crown? Check. Culturally appropriated suede fringe? Check. Flash tattoos? Check. Fade haircut and short shorts for dudes? Check check.
As the couple bask in their pseudo-hipness and make out — wrapped in an American flag, no less — the spurned singer does what any of us would in such a situation and tongue-bathes her palm (duh). A symbol of self-love, maybe?
I hope you washed your hands first, girl.
The video concludes with her slaying on the electric guitar like the badass she is, and the impression that Mitski is done groveling for anyone's approval.